[Frontiers in Water] - Research Topic - Socioeconomic Drought under Climate Change


Drought is a complex natural hazard that has the potential to cause severe societal impact and economical damage. Drought can be classified into four categories: meteorological drought, agricultural drought, hydrological drought, and socioeconomic drought. Among them, socioeconomic drought is driven by imbalances in supply and demand of economic goods due to the physical characteristics of drought. It occurs when water resources systems cannot meet water demand, mainly due to a weather-related shortfall in the water supply. To the best of our knowledge, it has not been fully studied until recent years.

Climate change and also human water management have been recognized as two major factors which have great effects on the hydrological cycle. It is, therefore, important and necessary to understand and identify socioeconomic drought in order to prevent or mitigate its potential to damage lives and property, especially in the context of climate change.

For instance, to understand and identify socioeconomic drought different temporal and spatial scales can be considered. Both ground data and remote sensing data can be used as input, and finally, new methods can be proposed for efficient socioeconomic drought identification. Such developments can offer new insights into socioeconomic drought.

This Research Topic aims to collect the latest methodological developments and applications in order to better identify and understand socioeconomic drought.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Dynamics, mechanisms, and processes of socioeconomic drought
- Development of methods for identifying socioeconomic drought
- Improvement of information integration using multi-source data
- New methods and techniques for drought risk analysis and vulnerability analysis

More details can be found via https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/12404/socioeconomic-drought-under-climate-change#overview.

Submission Deadlines:
03 February 2020 for Abstract
02 June 2020 for Manuscript